Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Farworld: Fire Keep


Fire Keep by J. Scott Savage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have loved this series for a long time. One reason being is that the main character, Marcus, is disabled. I absolutely love that even with his struggles with being crippled he is able to overcome them and be a hero. This book is beautifully moving! An epic ending to a truly awesome series. I loved how Savage was able to pull everything together and leave me not only satisfied with the ending but feeling as though I was saying goodbye to a friend. This book will have you staying up at night waiting to see how the heck Marcus and Kyja are going to survive. It is filled with intrigue, action, and hope. I can’t wait until I can read this one again.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Ice Cream USA

America is a land full of dreams and THIS is just one of them. I am apart of a Kickstarter project called ICE CREAM USA, a picture book about one man's dream to bring happiness to others one sweet treat at a time. I would appreciate your support even if it's just a SHARE. This is a fun project and we need your help to see it happen.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Best Friends...Forever? Blog Tour


Best Friends…Forever? (Landry’s True Colors Series)
by Krysten Lindsay Hager
I have always loved reading books that use humor and have realistic (and relatable) characters. I decided to write the book I wanted to read when I was reading YA and I’m overjoyed it’s now a series where people can follow along on Landry’s journey through dealing with friendships, the ups and downs of school, crushes, relationships, and insecurities. Sure, going back to that time in my own life was a little crazy, but lucky for me there weren’t camera phones to capture me dancing in the school talent show…while wearing jean shorts. If you’re not cringing yet, let’s just say I also had a moment of “genius” where I thought my super dark brown hair would look amazing with “Sun-In” highlights that actually turned my hair a lovely shade of copper. Sigh.
The Landry’s True Colors Series is a clean reads young adult series about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image. Best Friends…Forever? was ranked at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values & Virtues Fiction and #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Children's Books on Values. True Colors is an international bestselling book.
Tag line: Good friends have your back, but some go behind it.
Blurb:  Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her best friends make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk about is starting high school next year—something she finds terrifying.
    Landry gets her first boyfriend (her crush, Vladi), but then gets dumped just as things come to a head with her friends. She feels lost and left out, but finds good advice about dealing with frenemies from what she considers an unlikely source. Landry faces having to speak up for what’s right, tell the truth (even when it hurts), and how to get past the fear of failure as she gets another shot at competing in the American IngĂ©nue modeling competition. Will she get a second chance with her friends, fame, and Vladi?

Excerpt:
I was so nervous the night of the basketball game. At first, I didn’t even want to go into the gym, but I mustered up the courage just as the game ball went streaking past my head and I almost got knocked over by a referee. The ref blew the whistle and went to hand the ball off. Vladi was standing right there and he nodded at me. Peyton squeezed my arm as we sat down, but I didn’t think it was that big a deal because he didn’t smile at me or anything.
         “Duh, he was playing basketball, but he acknowledged your existence,” she said.
        “Kind of like how that cheerleader who keeps screaming out his name is acknowledging him?” I pointed to the girl with glossy straight brown hair who was doing back flips on the sidelines.
       “Forget her. He must like blondes anyway. He didn’t check me out after all,” she said.
        I checked around to see if Carey was there, but I didn’t see her. I did see India sitting with Doug and Cristian though. I poked Peyton, but she had already seen them.
        “Devon would kill her,” she said.
        “Um, should we tell her? They just started talking again,” I said. I didn’t want to get in the middle of another fight and I could tell that Peyton felt the same way. Besides, it wasn’t like Doug was Devon’s boyfriend. I’m sure India thought she would be safe since other than her and Devon, the rest of us hadn’t gone to the away games before. Peyton said we should try to avoid them after the game so we could pretend that we never saw them together. However, I ran into her on my way out of the bathroom at halftime.
        “Landry,” India’s aqua blue eyes widened. “Are you here to see Vladi?”
        I nodded and we both stood there. Peyton came in to see what was taking so long and almost passed out when she saw India.
        “You guys, could you not say anything to Devon about this? I came by myself and I just ran into Doug here,” India said.
        Peyton and I acted like we hadn’t even seen Doug. I knew India had to be lying because who would go to a game by herself? We agreed not to say anything. The whole time I worried about what would happen if Devon found out that I knew about Doug and India. Peyton told me to relax because we weren’t doing anything wrong. I wasn’t sure which was worse: keeping a secret from Devon or breaking up her friendship with India?
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Plain and Simple Truths

Today we are featuring Author Lynn Parsons' book 
Plain and Simple Truths

First a little about the author:
Lynn Parsons became a teacher because of her experiences helping two of her children with special needs. She has taught special education children at both the elementary and secondary levels. Lynn’s instructional methods have been published by the Council for Exceptional Children and featured in several professional online magazines. Her love of education has extended to seven years teaching daily Seminary. She continues to look for innovative teaching methods that can reach all learners. Lynn now works as an Educational Diagnostician, evaluating children with disabilities. She is an advocate for them and their families through her website at ldsdisabilitieshelp.com and her blog at lynndeniseparsons.blogspot.com. Lynn has a Ph.D. in Exceptional Student, and is head of the Faith Committee of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Needs Council for her county. She also enjoys reading, writing, and needlework.

Links to social media sites for the author
Facebook page:
Twitter: @parsonslynn
Web sites:
Blog:






Now for her book:

"Plain and Simple Truths: Lesson Plans with Hands-On Activities to Teach Gospel Truths to All Ages"

Plain and simple Truths is a practical teaching resource that consists of engaging hands-on activities that are used to teach religious ideas. It's like Cub Scout Science meets Religion 101. The flexible lesson plans include a list of materials available in most homes, how to introduce the topic, easy-to-follow instructions to carry out the activities, discussion suggestions, and links to additional resources such as scripture references, LDS General Conference talks, and videos. This resource can be used for Family Home Evening, the new youth curriculum, Sunday School, Priesthood classes, and Relief Society lessons. It's appropriate for learners of all ages and those with cognitive and other types of disabilities. 





Tour schedule:
Featuring Both books:
Plain and Simple Truths & (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 10

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 11

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 12

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 13

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 14

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 15

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 16

Featuring Both books:
Plain and Simple Truths & (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 17

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 18

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 19

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 20

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 21

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 22

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 23
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

(dis)Abilities and the Gospel

Today we are featuring Author Lynn Parsons' book 
(dis)Abilities and the Gospel

First a little about the author:

Lynn Parsons became a teacher because of her experiences helping two of her children with special needs. She has taught special education children at both the elementary and secondary levels. Lynn’s instructional methods have been published by the Council for Exceptional Children and featured in several professional online magazines. Her love of education has extended to seven years teaching daily Seminary. She continues to look for innovative teaching methods that can reach all learners. Lynn now works as an Educational Diagnostician, evaluating children with disabilities. She is an advocate for them and their families through her website at ldsdisabilitieshelp.com and her blog at lynndeniseparsons.blogspot.com. Lynn has a Ph.D. in Exceptional Student, and is head of the Faith Committee of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Needs Council for her county. She also enjoys reading, writing, and needlework.

Links to social media sites for the author
Facebook page:
Twitter: @parsonslynn
Web sites:
Blog:










Now for her book:
"(dis)Abilities and the Gospel: 
How to Bring People with Special Needs Closer to Christ"


Each day, parents and church leaders struggle to teach individuals with special needs. Using helpful information, real-life stories, and a touch of humor, "(dis)Abilities and the Gospel" provides ways for you to effectively teach people of all ages with autism, Down syndrome, bipolar disorder, memory loss, and other disabilities. 




Tour schedule:
Featuring Both books:
Plain and Simple Truths & (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 10

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 11

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 12

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 13

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 14

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 15

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 16

Featuring Both books:
Plain and Simple Truths & (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 17

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 18

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 19

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 20

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 21

Featuring: Plain and Simple Truths
March 22

Featuring: (dis)Abilities and the Gospel
March 23
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